Following up on the successful premiere of Ready Player One in theatres, this week we have an update on another Ernest Cline adaptation currently in the works over at Universal. Back in 2012, they acquired the rights to Cline’s second novel Armada based solely on a 20-page treatment, inking a seven-figure deal. The book was eventually released in 2015 and debuted at No. 4 on The New York Times best-sellers list for fiction. Now they are finally moving forward with the big screen version and they have reportedly hired a screenwriter to make it a reality. Hit the jump for more info.
According to THR, Dan Mazeau (Wrath of the Titans) has been hired to adapt Ernie Cline’s Armada for Universal Pictures. The plot revolves around a teenage gamer whose video game skills get him recruited to help save Earth from an impending alien invasion (yes, it’s a lot like The Last Starfighter). Dan Farah (Ready Player One) and Dylan Clark (War for the Planet of the Apes, Oblivion) are producing.
In addition to Wrath of the Titans, Mazeau has a handful of other projects on his resume including the upcoming Doug Liman sci-fi movie Luna Park, DC’s Flashpoint movie, and the Black List script Section 6. The script for Ready Player One was co-written by Zak Penn and Ernie Cline himself. It is unclear if Cline will be directly involved this time around but Penn is keeping busy with The Matrix reboot / spin-off and a ROM movie for Hasbro. Are you looking forward to an Armada movie?